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Double Bill: Two (Racist) Cinematic Classics

Posted in Films, Not entirely crap with tags , , , , on March 12, 2013 by publicdomainlibrary

It’s not often that you get a feature-length movie that’s widely regarded as a classic in the public domain. So today, we thought we’d serve you with a two-fer: two movies that have been hailed by many to be amongst the greatest ever made, apart from one small snag: they’re both incredibly racist. Goddammit, cinema.

 

The first is cinema’s first true epic, a three-hour drama film from 1915 directed by DW Griffith. It’s, of course, The Birth of a Nation. Both shockingly and awkwardly dated in that it stars the Ku Klux Klan as its heroes and features black people portrayed by white people in blackface, the film nevertheless remains a groundbreaking and significant achievement in cinema history. So we’re moderately proud to present to you here today, The Birth of a Nation:

Internet Archive download link (also here’s 44 minutes of a HD print – why the rest is cut off we have no idea)

 

The second is a pioneering documentary film from 1936, using groundbreaking techniques such as the use of distorted perspective thru lenses and aerial photography, making it one of the most acclaimed pieces of propaganda ever made. Too bad it had to come from the Nazis. The film, while stunningly made, unfortunately glorifies Hitler and the Nazi race, which as you can imagine makes it quite hard to sit through at times. Nevertheless, it is an important piece of history, so…. enjoy? :

Internet Archive download link

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Eegah! (1962)

Posted in Films, Hall Of Fame on November 27, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Arch Hall, Sr.

Starring: Richard Kiel

PDL Rating: 2.5/5

Internet Archive download link: http://archive.org/details/Eegah

The Jungle Book (1942)

Posted in Films, Not entirely crap on October 7, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Zoltan Corda

Starring: Sabu

PDL Rating: 2.5/5 (on a good scale)

Internet Archive download link: http://archive.org/details/JungleBook

Road To Bali (1952)

Posted in Films, Not entirely crap on October 7, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Hal Walker

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope

PDL Rating: 3/5 (on a good scale)

Internet Archive download link: http://archive.org/details/road_to_bali_ipod

Hollywood Man (1976)

Posted in Films on September 19, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Jack Starrett

Starring: William Smith, Jennifer Billingsley

(Yes, this is actually public domain.)

Internet Archive download link: http://archive.org/details/Hollywood_Man

The Screaming Skull (1958)

Posted in Films with tags , on September 16, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Alex Nicol

Starring: John Hudson, Peggy Webber

Internet Archive download link: http://archive.org/details/TheScreamingSkull

Bride of the Monster (1955)

Posted in Films with tags , , , on September 16, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy

Alternate title: Bride of the Atom

PDL rating: 2.5/5

This film isn’t on the Internet Archive, but here’s the trailer: http://archive.org/details/BrideOfTheMonster-Trailer